Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

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  • Duration:10 Days
  • Trip GradeEasy
  • DestinationTIA Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude3,210 m
  • ActivityTrekking & City Tour
  • Group Size1-10 Person
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The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of Nepal's most well-known and pleasurable short treks. This trek is unique because of the lovely and historic settlements at the foothills of the Rockies. This short trek is close to Pokhara, so you'll save time while still experiencing the thrill of trekking. This trip involves a round walk on one of Nepal's simpler pathways, making it suitable for families and first-time trekkers who want to experience the Himalayan views of iconic landmark mountains without traveling to high altitudes.

The journey's climax is reaching Poon Hill's peak at daybreak and taking in panoramic vistas of the Annapurna region, including Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhare, and Manaslu. The hike up Ghorepani Poon Hill is simple and low-elevation. There is no danger of getting high altitude mountain sickness during this quick and easy walk because Ghorepani, at 2,028 meters, is the highest point you will spend the night. Usually, after ascending above 3500 meters, people may get altitude sickness. Typically, a quick sightseeing trip in and around the Kathmandu valley comes before the beginning of the trek to Ghorepani. You can drive for a day to get to your starting location in Nayapul for your trip from Kathmandu or you can take a flight to Pokhara. You'll arrive in Ghorepani after passing through Birethanti and climbing the terraced slopes of Dhampus Ridge. From there, you can make the short ascent to Poonhill to view the breathtaking mountain panorama and an amazing Himalayan dawn. You will stay the night at Ghorepani and then take a leisurely soak in the hot springs at Tatopani. You'll arrive at the large Gurung village of Ghandruk after spending another night on the route. You will climb back down to Nayapul the next day, where you can get a ride back to Pokhara before continuing on to Kathmandu.

Major Highlights of the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Ghandruk

Ghandruk village is a culturally inhabited area of the Nepalese Gurung community. It is one of the most well-known overnight rest stops in the Annapurna region. Additionally, the community draws citizens from all across the country. Ghandruk offers a breathtaking view of the Annapurna Mountain ranges, which include Machhapuchre and Himchuli. Ghandruk village is the most popular trekking destination in Nepal.  The second Gurung village in Nepal, Ghandruk, is promoting rural tourism using its resources.  Along with this, you'll fall in love with the untouched culture, rustic way of life, local food, welcoming atmosphere, and captivating vista of the sparkling Himalayas.

Poonhill Viewpoint 

Poon Hill Viewpoint offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna Himalayas, sunrises, sunsets, stunning landscapes, valleys, rivers, and conventional hamlet communities from its vantage point. Every day, hundreds of trekkers may be seen hiking Poon Hill to take in the vibrant sunrise. Poon Hill Viewpoint is one of the most popular viewpoints in Nepal due to its simple accessibility, brief stay, and plenty of natural beauty. The well-known Annapurna Base Camp Trek, the Annapurna Circuit Treks, and the Khopra Ridge climb are all connected by the traditional Poonhill trek.

Pokhara

Pokhara, in western Nepal, is a major tourist city in the Annapurna Himalayas. It's a great place to view mountains, lakes, and other natural treasures. Annapurna Base Camp, Poonhill Ghorepani, and Mardi Himal begin at Pokhara. Pokhara is also the starting point for most tourism, trekking, and adventure activities in Nepal, including boating, rafting, Annapurna trekking, paragliding, bungee jumping, ziplining, canyoning, and skydiving in Annapurna. 

Highlights of the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Excursion in Kathmandu includes Pashupatinath, Swyambhunath, Boudhanath, and Patan Durbar Square. 
  • Scenic and beautiful drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. 
  • Mesmerizing sunrise and panoramic mountains view from Poonhill. 
  • Lush green forest of Rhododendron flowers along the trail. 
  • Diverse ethnic people, cultures, traditions, and practices. 
  • Experience the Gurung community in Ghandruk village. 
  • Explore the lavish hospitality in Pokhara city and witness the beauty of nature.

Best season for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

March and April in the spring; September; October; and November in the fall are the ideal times to hike Poon Hill. At that time, it is much less likely to rain, but it can get very cold at night, especially in November and March.

Fitness for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

You do not need to worry about your fitness or altitude sickness while you are on this trek because it is quite easy, short, and does not reach very high elevations. Anyone can easily do this trek, even those without any prior trekking experience. There is a good chance that the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is the easiest and shortest trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Although the daily walking distance varies, it usually takes 4 to 6 hours to get from one town to the next. If you are mentally and physically fit, you will have a better chance of being successful.

Difficulty level of Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

The easiest hike in Nepal's Annapurna region is possibly the Ghorepani Poon trek. The walking distance between settlements varies daily, but you often need to travel 4 to 6 hours per day. You can succeed if you are physically and psychologically healthy. It is a 4-day walking trip, but only the first two days are uphill through a rhododendron forest. The last two days are just downhill through a forest and villages.

People visit Ghorepani to see the mountains and learn about the local Gurung, Magar, Thakali, and other indigenous peoples. You can learn about the region's religions and cultural practices, dance, and eat regional specialties. Footprint Adventure is always ready to help with a complete guidebook of the Annapurna Region. Feel free to contact us if you have any other questions about the trek packages or customized itineraries.

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    Itinerary

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    This is our standard itinerary for the Ghorepani Poonhill trek. If you want to make it in your own way and want to add more days to your itinerary, please feel free to contact us anytime for the fully customized itinerary of your own choice. 

    Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal lies in the valley surrounded by beautiful green hills from all sides. If you come through the airways, our representative will be there in the airport terminal with your name to give you a warm welcome. After greeting you, our representative will drop you in your hotel and help you with all the check-in works. If you are arriving through the road, our representative will meet you at the respective destination. 

    There will be no activities planned for you. You can take a rest and if you want to explore nearby you can go and explore yourself as well. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu 

    • Accommodation Hotel Kumari Boutique
    • Maximum Altitude1,350m

    After breakfast, you will be taken to visit some of the famous landmarks of Kathmandu such as  Boudhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Patan Durbar Square. They all are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and protected areas as all of them are historically, culturally rich, and ancient. You will get to explore these heritage sites with our experienced city tour guide. You will get a chance to know about the historical facts, stories and all the information related to these sites. 

    Swyambhunath Stupa is one of the self-sprung Buddhist and Hindu temples, also called the monkey temple. You will enjoy the stupas, temples, shrines, monasteries, and many more things to explore. Similarly, Boudhanath Stupa is one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in Asia and it's an important pilgrimage center for Tibetian Buddhism. Likewise, Pashupatinath Temple is Nepal's biggest Hindu temple that lies on the bank of the Bagmati River, where people worship Lord Shiva shine. Watching the Hindu cremation rites at the bank of the Bagmati river might be a very new experience for you. Patan Durbar Square is one of the three royal squares in the valley. Built-in the medieval era, the Durbar Square used to be the Malla ruler's royal palace and was later used by Shah Kings. 

    After your amazing whole day city excursion, you will get back to your hotel. After that, we will go to one Nepali Cultural Restaurant where you will get both delicious Nepali food along with an amazing cultural performance. You will meet your trekking guide, there will be a short briefing session about your trekking and the guide will basically answer all your queries. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. 

    • Accommodation Hotel Kumari Boutique
    • MealsBreakfast & Welcome Dinner
    • TimeFull Day
    • Maximum Altitude1,350m

    The comfortable tourist bus ride on the windy highway along the Trisuli River with a breathtaking view of waterfalls, river, jungle, hamlets higher up on the hills, terraced fields with seasonal crops to Pokhara, takes 5/6 hours drive to Pokhara. In the evening you can explore around the lakeside and Pokhara street and overnight at Pokhara.

    • Accommodation Three Star Standard Hotel
    • MealsBreakfast
    • Time6-7 Hours Drive
    • Maximum Altitude830 m

    After breakfast at our hotel, we drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, a drive that takes about an hour. We begin our walking journey in Nayapul, soon after crossing the Modi River and arriving at the check post marking our entrance into the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. From here we have a largely easy stroll as we pass the BhurungdiKhola and enter Hile. We press on toward Tikhedunga, crossing a suspension bridge and arriving at the foot of a very steep hill with many, many stone steps. The stone steps are knee-crunchers, but we can’t stop here, for our tea house awaits at the top. After reaching the top, we arrive in Ulleri,a village perched on the mountainside that offers our first glimpse of a big peak, and our final destination for the day

    • Accommodation Standard Lodge
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Time2 hour drive and 3hour trek
    • Maximum Altitude1,577 m

    We set out early and walk via Banthanti. Passing Banthanti, we begin to enter the protected rhododendron forests, where bird song can fill the air, and beautiful blossoms cover the countryside in spring. We walk through NangeThanti to reach Ghorepani, a beautiful Magar village with splendid views. Ghorepani is our final destination for the day.

    • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Time5-6 hrs
    • Maximum Altitude2,800 m

    Today we rise long before the sun to hike Poon Hill in time the for famous views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I Main (8091m), Himalchuli (7893m) and their respective massifs. As the sunrises over Machupachare, Dhaulagiri’s south face is bathed in the morning’s golden light. Poon Hill is a well-known spot for photography for unobstructed shots of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massifs. We return to Ghorepani, have breakfast, and depart for Tadapani. Along the way we first pass through Deurali and Benthanti before arriving in Tadapani, our final destination for the day.

    • Accommodation Standard Tea House
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Time5-6 hour
    • Maximum Altitude3,210 m

    The trail through rhododendron forests to Tadapani is mostly works as a alternative way to Ghorepani. You will appreciate here the perspectives of the mountains for the most part at early hour toward the beginning of the day, prior to the scene cloak into the foggy mists. In any case, the perspectives amid the sunrise, be that as it may, are in Ghnadruk and Tadapani eminent. Walking  is generally requesting – you can expect visit climbs and plunges over sloppy ways and unlimited staircases.

    • Accommodation Standard Lodge
    • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Time3-4 hrs
    • Maximum Altitude1,940 m

    On this day, you will travel through Gurung village with views of snowy Mountains and amazing landscape. Walking will be easy today, with 2/3 hours of down walking you will be at Syauli Bazar then walk to Birethanti. There will be your private vehicle driving you to Pokhara. Again you can enjoy your time in Pokhara and if you want to add more days and spend time in Pokhara, you can inform us before the trekking. 
     

    • Accommodation Three Star Standar Hotel
    • MealsBreakfast and Lunch
    • Time3-4hour hike and 2 hour drive
    • Maximum Altitude830 m

    If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.

    • Accommodation Three Star Standard Hotel
    • MealsBreakfast
    • Time5-6 hrs
    • Maximum Altitude1,350m

    The trip concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

    • MealsBreakfast

    What's Included

    • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
    • Three-star accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast. 
    • Kathmandu city sightseeing in private vehicles with an experienced English-speaking guide. 
    • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
    • Welcome dinner in traditional Nepali kitchen with cultural dance show. 
    • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
    • An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader if necessary. 
    • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
    • Staff costs include their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation.
    • Sleeping bag (to be returned at the end of trek).
    • Footprint Adventure's trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map are yours to take.
    • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS).
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
    • All government and local taxes.
    • Nepalese visa fee.
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
    • Excess baggage charges.
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
    • Travel and rescue insurance.
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s).

    Dates & Price

    Departure DateTrip StatusPrice 
    dateDecember 09, 2022 - December 18, 2022StatusAvailablepriceUS$690
    dateDecember 16, 2022 - December 25, 2022StatusAvailablepriceUS$690
    dateDecember 23, 2022 - January 01, 2023StatusAvailablepriceUS$690
    dateDecember 30, 2022 - January 08, 2023StatusAvailablepriceUS$690

    Additional Info

    High Altitude Sickness-
    Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is not much height. Poonhill height is 3,210m so there is not the problem for high altitude sickness.

    Trekking Grade -
    Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is very adventure easy and short trek feet for every age people.

    Weather-
    The best seasons for Ghorepani Poon Hill trek start from mid-September until November end and from the beginning of March until the end of May. The morning time usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon, & disappearing at night. Trekking during the monsoon and winter is also possible.

    Food-
    We will provide freshly cooked food from the local guest house or restaurant. You will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge and lunch available along the trail. You can find a  variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks.

    Transportation-
    Ghorepani Poon hill trek start transport from Airport Pick up to the hotel, Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Nayapul according to the necessary transport by bus, car, flight, Jeep etc.

    Telephone and Internet-
    There a few places available for Telephone and the Internet. You can get internet password from the hotel counter for telephone and internet cost would be extra.

    Drinking Water-
    The bottles water is available along the trail until the last village. You can take buy boil water from the lodge or restaurant or you can use Iodine or water purifying medicines.

    Luggage -
    In Kathmandu, you will get 4 to 3-star standard Hotel or resort accommodation. During the trekking part,  rooms will be basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. You will have a private room but the bathroom will be outside. There are some guest houses with attach bathroom as well as but they will cost extra.

    Group Leader and Crew-
    We promise we will provide Trained Experienced with honest with local Trekking Guide and Sherpa staff when there are 8 or more members in the Group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members.

    Trekking Equipment-
    It's not necessary to spend a lot of money for extra equipment and clothing before your trip. The majority of these gears can be bought at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.

    Trekking Days-
    The time schedule is very important for enjoy the trip with among the Guide porters and trekkers Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk.  The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free.

    Customize Itinerary-
    As per your time schedule if there is not the suitable date for trekking departure from Kathmandu so place to mention your suitable time and date then we will organize your great trip to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

    Trip Extensions-
    In addition to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, we can organize  trip to Langtang, Everest, Manaslu, Mustang  trekking, Mountain Flight , the water rafting,  jungle safari, City tour (Kathmandu, Pokhara  or Lumbini ) ,home stay Tour, Nepal Cultural Tour, Tibet tour ,Bhutan tour  or India tour  extension as per your time limit.

    FAQs

    Q1. Where is the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek?

    The Ghandruk Ghorepani Trek is situated in Nepal's north-central region, inside the Annapurna Conservation Area. The Ghandruk Ghorepani Trek begins and ends in close proximity to Pokhara. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek includes the Ghandruk Ghorepani Trek as well.

     

    From Ghorepani Poonhill, one can see numerous high peaks, including the Annapurna 8,091m, Dhaulagiri 8,127, Annapurna South 7,219 Meter, Machapuchare 6,993 Meter, Hinchuli, Annapurna III, Dhampus Peak, and Dhaulagiri II.

     

    Both the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and the Annapurna Sunrise Trek are the same. This traditional beginning to Annapurna trekking goes by several names, including Poon Hill Trek and Annapurna Sunrise Trek. The Annapurna Sunrise View Trek also goes by that name.  You may be confident that no matter which hike you select, you will experience the most breathtaking sunrise of  your life.

     

    The hike up Ghorepani Poon Hill is simple and low-elevation. There is no danger of getting high-altitude mountain sickness during this quick and easy walk because Ghorepani, at 2,028 meters, is the highest point you will spend the night. Usually, after ascending above 3500 meters, people may get altitude sickness.

    Your breakfast and dinner while trekking in the Annapurna Ghorepani region will be served from the lodge similarly, and your lunch will be provided by a nearby inn or restaurant. The Nepali dish known as Dhalbhat is very well-liked in the highlands. It is served with rice, curry, spinach, lentil soup, pickle, and pappadam. You can also have bread, a set breakfast (which includes bread, an omelet, potatoes, and tea), fried noodles, fry rice, Mo: Mo (dumpling cuisine), a variety of soups, Ramayan Korean soup, and Indian foods, but don't anticipate anything that has been professionally prepared. It is just manufactured safely and fresh. Additionally, drinks are offered in the lodge and restaurant booths.

    You will be staying in locally crafted tea houses and lodges when you walk up Ghorepani Poon Hill. The lodging on this walk will be private, with twin beds and personal lockers. Your room will be furnished with a comfy bed, pillows, a small tea table, and a blanket, but it does not have a bathroom. There will be an additional fee if you take a hot shower because it is shared. During the Ghorepani Poon hill hike, lodging costs between $5 and $10 US (twin bedroom).

    March and April in the spring; September; October; and November in the fall are the ideal times to hike Poon Hill. The likelihood of rain is substantially lower at that time, although it could get very cold at night, especially in November and March.

     

    No. Ghorepani can only be accessed on foot from the trailhead in Nayapul because it is not accessible by vehicle. While there are several trekking routes available, even a simple journey like the Poon Hill Trek can take two days to traverse from Pokhara to Ghorepani.

    Yes, an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) is required for the Ghorepani Poon Hill hike and may be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in Kathmandu and Damside in Pokhara. There are two distinct permits: TIM cards and ACAP permits. Permits and TIMS are priced at:

    • The cost of an ACAP Permit: $30 US/ individual
    • Cost of TIMS card: $10 US (If you trek through a trekking agency)
    • Cost of TIMS card: $20 US (If you trek by yourself)

     

    The easiest hike in Nepal's Annapurna region is possibly the Ghorepani Poon hill trek. The walking distance between settlements varies daily, but you often need to travel 4 to 6 hours per day. You can succeed if you are physically and psychologically healthy.

    It is a 4-day walking vacation, but only the first two days will involve climbing through a rhododendron forest, while the latter two days will simply involve descending through a forest and villages.

     

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